Only the Bremen and a few trusted associates still studied the arcane arts. The action is fast-paced, there are some interesting bits of dialogue, and some intriguing monsters and villains. A writer since high school, Terry Brooks published his first novel, The Sword of Shannara, in 1977. I've read more Terry Brooks than Faulkner in my life. I have read the previous seven Shannara books and this is once again another fantastic epic story of good vs evil. It's always seemed to me that either the world of The Four Lands is lilliputian, or the characters in these books walk at extraordinary speed.
And, as for the series, it really starts to pick up in The Elfstones of Shannara. Of course, not all villains have to follow this format, and I'm not saying that a book can't be good without such an antagonist, but the book and the series as a whole suffers because of it. For others, this book can stand on its own, but I recommend reading the original Shannara series first. Apart from the original trilogy, this book is by far the best in the Shannara series and it truly lives up to the greatness of the three old legends Sword, Elfstones and Wishsong. One, a Demon of the Void, will use the angry steel workers to attain his own terrible ends. I'll go into more detail, but first, in summation, I would say it is not the strongest in the series, but it's not the worst either. Actually I sort of feel like analyzing his characters right now.
Some have accused Brooks of lifting the plot and many of his characters directly from Lord of the Rings. And then I realized another thing: 3 I gave this book only three stars, but that's not correct, because I loved this book, and it deserves five stars. Cheaper, lower quality paper, glued bindings, and the lack of a cover may contribute to the lower cost of paperbacks. And for his persistence, Bremen found himself outcast, avoided by all but the few free-thinkers among the Druids. She is disturbed to learn that John is now vulnerable to falling to the side of the Void.
Outcast by the Druids for his devotion to the forbidden art of Magic, Bremen discovers that dark forces are on the move, led by the Warlock Lord, Brona. But after he purchased it, Ben Holiday learned that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention. I thought the sliph was a very cool and inventive idea. Not Tolkien, in my mind, but excellent just the same. It had a great fold out picture painted by the Brothers Hilderbrant. The show starts with the book of the original series, Elfstones.
WorldCat has holding records from public and private libraries worldwide. Brona's first target is Paranor, the home of the Druids who defeated him during the First War of the Races. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. It's plodding, lots of time spent on the wanderings of characters, but they mostly do very little until the end. The morph changes from creature to creature before settling on the appearance of a four-year-old boy.
The demon has weakened the tree and the maentwrog is threatening to break free, at dinner, Nest is introduced by her grandfather to a traveler named John Ross, who has recently come to town. I understood why they behaved as they did, loved the way the relationships evolved. Mareth was another character I appreciated a lot more this time around. Nonetheless, her younger brother Jair realizes that if he fails to do anything, then Brin will die and all the trouble that she went through will be for nothing. Terry Brooks is a very good descriptive writer, a trait which is well suited to writing fantasy and describing worlds the reader is likely to be unfamiliar with. Tay eventually comes upon where the Black Elfstone is hidden, with an ancient race called the Chew Magna, who have been subverted by the magic of the Black Elfstone. Not that there isn't time for introspection.
Allonon whisks away Brin Ohmsford on a quest, which could only be completed by Brin alone. And that at the heart of the evil tide was an archmage and former Druid named Brona! It was first published in 1998 by Ballantines Del Rey division, the setting is primarily Seattle, Washington around Halloween in 2002, five years after the events of Running with the Demon. Well, that was a blast from the past. Peace comes at a price, interracial tension is renewed 8. I will have to be more careful when picking books in the future. Once again, Terry Brooks masterfully weaves his storytelling magic in The First King of Shannara, the eighth installment in the popular Shannara series. Terry Brooks is really good at writing action scenes.
The morph, however, will dissipate within a month if the secret remains hidden, John manages to catch the morph in the Pacific Northwest and escape his demon pursuers. The Four Lands is the most unimaginative landscape I've ever seen that appears to make no geographical sense in the least. And Bremen, who has such close ties to Allanon. But his removal from Paranor was not altogether a terrible thing, for Bremen learned that dark forces were on the move from the Northlands. Cloaking himself in magic that makes him one of them, Tay manages to recover the Black Elfstone. I highly recommend to read the sword of shannara and the heritage of shannara series first, for two reasons first you will understand this book a lot better, and second because is really amazing to read the history of the world and of the characters that you knew in the first seven books and understand what is happening not by what they told you on the first books but by actually reading every part of it. In particular, I found the story of Tay Trefenwyd to be particularly moving.
Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. The Sword is created by truth of existence, the only thing remaining to the shades of former Druids. I'm pretty sure it was Scott Brick who did the audio, so there's no complaints there. Any resemblances end with the first Shannara book, and the series really picks up from book 2 The Elfstones of Shannara. I can however say that I am reading too many fantasies and the worlds are becoming one in my mind.
This is not a 'must read' by any means and will likely appeal more to existing Shannara readers as it fleshes out the back story and history prior to the first book in the series. A prequel to the series, this book embodies the classic fantasy world in which the battle between good and evil predominates in the story. Admittedly, these are imaginary places, but, as someone who has done a little backpacking, the sheer unreasonableness of traveling such distances on foot in the timeframe given in the stories always bothers me. But really, is that enough? And for his persistence, Bremen found himself outcast, avoided by all but the few free-thinkers among the Druids. That seemingly invincible armies of trolls were fast conquering all that lay to their south. Maybe it's because I've always associated better with battle descriptions than anything else and yes, I'm female, first thing's first , but the first three quarters of the book seemed mostly a lot of words and not much else. In this final battle, Risca is also killed.